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Israeli player lauds pope’s planned Soccer for Peace tournament

Pope Francis says in a statement that he is preparing to host the second edition of the inter-religious Soccer for Peace tournament on July 10 in Argentina. First held at the Vatican in 2014, the tournament this year will take place in the pope’s native city, La Plata, which is approximately 30 miles from Buenos Aires.

Eran Zahavi, a soccer player for Maccabi Tel Aviv, was among the first international players to share a video message of support on YouTube for the tournament.

“I would like to express all my support for the game for the peace. I send you from here big regards and all the best,” Zahavi said.

Other players who confirmed their attendance include Iker Casillas of Spain, Javier Mascherano of Argentina, and Eric Abidal and Zinedine Zidane of France.

— JTA

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